Pharmacy Student Ambassadors

The Pharmacy Student Ambassadors are a select group of current Nesbitt School of Pharmacy students who encourage, mentor and create a diverse and inclusive community of future student pharmacists.

Duties and Responsibilities

Pharmacy student ambassadors seek to build meaningful, personalized experiences and relationships with prospective student pharmacists.

Activities Include

  • Lead tours of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy to prospective students.
  • Attend Wilkes University admissions events such as open houses and Admitted Students Day.
  • Mentor an assigned group of students.
  • Attend high school presentations.
  • Answer questions from students and prospective students.

How to Join

Current P1-P3 pharmacy students in good standing within the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Wilkes University may apply becoming a student ambassador by submitting the following:

  • A one to two page essay describing their interest in serving in this role, involvement in activities, and describe any leadership experiences.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A reference from a Wilkes University faculty or staff member (e.g. current or past advisor, supervisor or mentor).

Selected finalists will interview with the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy admissions team and current pharmacy student ambassadors.

Meet the Ambassadors

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Julia Firestine

Class: P2
Hometown: Downingtown, PA

I am originally from Downingtown, PA which is just 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. My decision to attend Wilkes was due to their well rounded and accelerated pharmacy program. Within the pharmacy program I currently serve as class president, APhA Reproductive Health co-chair, curriculum committee student representative, and assist in professor-led research projects. Outside of Wilkes, I am the head pharmacy intern at a community pharmacy in Boyertown, where I help conduct mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics, diabetes self management services, hypertension initiatives and much more. I am interested in community and industry aspects of pharmacy as a profession, and I would love to show other students all the opportunities pharmacy has to offer!

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

I enjoy the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy due to the opportunity I have for involvement in clubs, research, academic committees, and professional development.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I decided to apply to Wilkes after a student ambassador came to my school. She was pivotal in my understanding of pharmacy school and calmed my nerves about applying. I hope to help other students in similar ways, and hopefully calm their concerns!

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Allie Gundlah

Class: P3
Hometown: Pompton Lakes, NJ

Hi everyone! I am from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey and am currently in my P3 year of pharmacy school. I am a member of various pharamcy organizations including Lamda Kappa Sigma and the Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International. Outside of pharmacy I am a first-year student resident assistant, a member of Wilkes Adventure Education and a member of the wrestling team. Over the last 5 years I have grown to make so many connections at Wilkes and it has truly become a second home to me!

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

The connections I have made with my professors has made such an impact on my experience at Wilkes. They are always so willing to help and always cheering you on.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

Acting as a mentor and resource for others is very important to me. I enjoy being able to answer questions and give a student's perspective to prospective students. I have learned so many tips throughout my time at Wilkes that they ought to be put towards helping others!

Bree Polascik

Class: P3
Hometown: Drums, PA

Hi everyone! My name is Bryanna Polascik but most people call me Bree. I am from Drums, PA which is about 25 minutes away from campus. I am currently a P3 here at Wilkes and have held various leadership positions throughout my time here, including Commuter Council President, E-Mentor, Biology and Chemistry TA, and ASHP Fundraising Chair! I love the field of pharmacy and that there are so many different avenues to choose from, but I hope to become an Ambulatory Care pharmacist after graduation! When I am not studying or working at Rite Aid, you can find me at a concert, winery, or trivia night!

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

I love the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy because we are like one big family! The professors are so kind and helpful, and they truly want to see you succeed. Since our pharmacy program is small, everyone pretty much knows everyone, so it is nice to have a strong support system to help you get through the stressful times that come along with being a pharmacy student!

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I decided to become a student ambassador because my time here at Wilkes is coming close to an end and I wanted to try to leave a lasting impression on prospective students. I have so many positive things to say about the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and even if I only get to share that with one family touring campus, it was worth it to me!

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Colton Card

Class: P1
Hometown: McAdoo, PA

I am a P1 student pharmacist from McAdoo, PA. I am a proud 2019 graduate of the Hazleton Area High School. I chose Wilkes because of the small, close knit environment you get with both peers and professors. Everyone on campus is always ready to help and it makes Wilkes feel like a second home. On campus, I am actively involved with both PPA and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and going to various sporting events/concerts. A fun fact about me is that I am currently on the SCTP National Team for International Bunker Trapshooting in hopes of one day being on the United States Olympic Team.

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

I like the Wilkes Nesbitt School of Pharmacy because everyone here wants to see you succeed. I also love all the opportunities we have on campus to get involved and get out of your comfort zone.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I decided to be a student ambassador because I want to be the person that makes prospective students fall in love with our program the same way I have.

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Lauren Wagner

Class: P1
Hometown: Shamokin, PA

I am a P1 student pharmacist from Shamokin, Pennsylvania located about 15 minutes from the famous Knoebels Amusement Resort. I was accepted with a guaranteed seat into the Wilkes Nesbitt School of Pharmacy my senior year of high school. I completed my undergrad here at Wilkes and loved the smooth transition from my undergraduate education to pharmacy school. Within the pharmacy school, I am very involved; I am a Pharmacy Senate representative and a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) and American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Outside of the pharmacy school, I am the Vice President of the Women Empowered by Science (WEBS) club and I work as pharmacy technician at Geisinger Medical Center. I am super excited and honored to be a student ambassador for the Wilkes Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

I like the Wilkes Nesbitt School of Pharmacy because I felt that the faculty at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy wanted me to be successful as much as I wanted to see myself succeed.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I decided to become a student ambassador because I wanted to show potential pharmacy students why Wilkes is the place to be.

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Abigail (Abbey) McCabe

Class: P3
Hometown: Shavertown, Pa

I am a P3 pharmacy student from Shavertown, Pennsylvania which is about 20 minutes from Wilkes. I chose to attend the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy because of it's great reputation and close knit community. I am involved of a number of clubs on campus including Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, PLS, and SNAPHA, to name a few. I am also a teaching assistant for the P1 Anatomy and Physiology labs. When I am not in class, you can find me teaching a hot pilates class at Melt Hot Yoga or cuddling with my puppy, Rosie! I look forward to showing you all of the great things Wilkes University has to offer!

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

My favorite thing about the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy is that we truly are a "pharmily". Each and every staff member is invested in the success and wellbeing of the students and will go to great lengths to ensure their success.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I chose to become a student ambassador so that I could have the opportunity to show prospective students why the NSoP is so much different than your typical pharmacy school!

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Nikki Polivka

Class: P1
Hometown: Weatherly, PA

I am a P1 student pharmacist from a small town in Pennsylvania called Weatherly. I decided that Wilkes was the place for me when I saw how close-knit the community on campus was. My graduating class had about 50 students in it, so a school like Wilkes that has the sense of a small, close-knit community was perfect for me. In pharmacy school, I am involved in multiple organizations: I serve as the President of the P1 pharmacy class in the Pharmacy Senate, and I am also part of Lambda Kappa Sigma (a professional pharmacy fraternity), the Student Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Outside of the pharmacy program, I am also a member of the Honors program at Wilkes. Additionally, I am employed at Rite Aid Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician.

Why Study Pharmacy at Wilkes?

I like the Wilkes Nesbitt School of Pharmacy because of how all of the staff members here are very willing to help. Each and every staff member makes it clear how much they want to see all of the students succeed, and I never once felt hesitant to ask a professor for help if I needed it. It is a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere to be a part of.

Why Did You Become a Pharmacy Student Ambassador?

I decided to become a student ambassador because when I toured Wilkes, all of the students I came across were so welcoming to me. They made me feel like Wilkes was the right place for me. I hope that I can help prospective students feel the same way that Wilkes University students made me feel when I was a prospective student.